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  • U.S., Russia and other powers agree on ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria’s civil war

    02/11/2016 4:51:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    washington post ^ | 02/11/2016 | Karen DeYoung
    The United States, Russia and other powers have reached agreement on a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war that allows for immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced here early Friday morning. The end of hostilities, which Kerry avoided calling a cease-fire, is scheduled to go into effect "in one week’s time," Kerry said. Humanitarian access to towns and cities in Syria where food and medical supplies have been blocked, sometimes for months, is to begin immediately. ... The plan, drafted by United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura, in consultation with Kerry and...
  • BREAKING NEWS: John Kerry announces ceasefire in Syria 'within a week' following a summit in Munich

    02/11/2016 4:55:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/11/16 | Chris Pleasance
    Secretary of state John Kerry has tonight announced a deal that will see a ceasefire in Syrian within a week following a meeting of The International Syria Support Group in Berlin. Earlier in the day, Kerry tweeted that he had spoken with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, about the need for an end to fighting in the Middle Eastern nation. However, it is unclear which of the multiple forces fighting in Syria have signed up to the ceasefire, or how it will be enforced.
  • FIX IS IN: PBS Moderators Ignore Clinton Scandals

    02/12/2016 3:40:49 AM PST · by detective · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | Peter Schweizer
    So let me get this straight: on the same day that the Washington Post reports that the State Department issued subpoenas to a family foundation bearing Hillary Clinton's name as part of a federal investigation, the PBS debate moderators didn't ask her about it.
  • Did American Corporations Create and Sustain Communism in the Soviet Union?

    02/12/2016 9:39:39 AM PST · by pinochet · 23 replies
    There are some undeniable facts about America's history with communism that make many "mainstream" conservatives uncomfortable. These troubling facts fall into a category that I call "Facts About Communism that Your Favorite Conservative Columnist Did not Tell You About". 1. Karl Marx was the European correspondent for America's largest circulation newspaper, "The New York Daily Tribune", from 1852 to 1863. The paper was the New York Times of its day, and the paper carried Marx's articles for an amazing 11 years, which was long enough for his ideas to gain influence. Marx's articles were very popular among liberal elites in...
  • Mounting Evidence Putin Will Ignite WWIII

    02/12/2016 8:46:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Observer ^ | 02/11/16 | John R. Schindler
    Mounting Evidence Putin Will Ignite WWIII By letting Putin get away with whatever he likes in Syria, Obama has created a deeply dangerous situation By John R. Schindler 02/11/16 10:51am Relations between Russia and Turkey have been dismal since late November, when a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian bomber on the border with Syria, killing its pilot. That began a war of words between Moscow and Ankara that ought to concern everyone, since the former has several thousand nuclear weapons and the latter is a member of NATO. Kremlin propaganda against Ankara has increased of late, setting the...
  • Davutoğlu signals Turkish action after fall of Aleppo corridor

    02/12/2016 7:46:40 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    todayszaman.com ^ | February 12, 2016, Friday/ 14:40:4 | todayszaman.com
    Davutoğlu signals Turkish action after fall of Aleppo corridor February 12, 2016, Friday/ 14:40:40/ TODAY'S ZAMAN | ANKARA Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has implied that Turkey will take action after the capture of the town of Azez in Syria, a strategic corridor between Aleppo and Turkey for rebel groups, by Syrian regime troops backed by Russian airstrikes. Speaking to reporters en route to Turkey from the Netherlands, Davutoğlu said that he had told German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the need to stop Russia in Syria in order to prevent further influxes of refugees to Turkey and Europe from the region,...
  • Russian Opposition leader sues Vladimir Putin over 'corruption'

    02/12/2016 2:10:48 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 7 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 12 Feb, 2016 | AFP
    Moscow (AFP) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced he had filed a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin on Thursday over alleged graft, accusing him of ordering huge loans to a firm owned by his son-in-law. "I sued Putin over Putin's son-in-law and I am sure that I will win," Navalny wrote on his blog, accusing the Russian leader of violating anti-corruption legislation to benefit Kirill Shamalov, who recently married the Russian leader's daughter Katerina. Citing public records and statements, Navalny said that Shamalov came to own a stake in petrochemical company Sibur shortly before Putin allegedly ordered that it...
  • Obama to reluctantly sign trade bill that lumps together Israel and settlements

    02/11/2016 5:54:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/11/16 | Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON — The White House announced Thursday that President Barack Obama will sign a trade bill despite it containing a provision that lumps together Israel and “Israeli-controlled territories.” Such language, meaning that the bill is applicable to Israel and the settlements, “contravenes longstanding U.S. policy towards Israel and the occupied territories, including with regard to Israeli settlement activity,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement, hours after the measure was approved in the Senate by a vote of 75-20. Nonetheless, while the president objects to that particular facet of the legislation, Earnest suggested his accepting it, and...
  • Russian PM: Foreign offensive in Syria could spark 'world war'

    02/11/2016 12:25:26 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2-11-2016 | Staff
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Thursday that if Arab forces entered the Syrian war, they could spark a "new world war" and urged ceasefire talks instead.
  • Official unsure of where Iran's enriched uranium is stored

    02/11/2016 3:09:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    ap ^ | 02/11/2016 | richard lardner
    A State Department official told lawmakers Thursday he was unsure of the precise location of tons of low-enriched uranium shipped out of Iran on a Russian vessel as part of the landmark nuclear agreement. Ambassador Stephen Mull, the lead U.S. official overseeing the deal's implementation, said during testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the stockpile is a Russian custody issue. He said the U.S. is confident the material will be controlled properly. "We obviously have had many differences for many years with Russia," Mull said. "But one of the features of our relationship is pretty close cooperation and...
  • Russian Intervention in Syrian War Has Sharply Reduced U.S. Options

    02/11/2016 2:49:13 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 24 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | FEB. 10, 2016 | DAVID E. SANGER
    At the core of the American strategic dilemma is that the Russian military adventure, which Mr. Obama dismissed last year as ill-thought-out muscle flexing, has been surprising effective... Testifying on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper, offered a sobering picture of Russia’s success, even if it proves a temporary one. “Putin is the first leader since Stalin to expand Russia’s territory,” he told a Senate committee. In Russia’s first major overseas military effort since its humiliation in Afghanistan 35 years ago, he said, “Its interventions demonstrate the improvements in Russian military capabilities and the...
  • Op-Ed: A courageous idea to stop the murders

    02/10/2016 3:49:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/2/16 | Leonie Ben Simon
    t takes a village to raise a child. Children are being raised in many Arab villages to hate from birth with the ultimate aim and honour of being a shahid – a martyr - if they kill Jews. Their schoolbooks and their media bring them up to believe this. Their teachers, their parents and their whole villages dance and celebrate when Jews are murdered by their own teenagers. It is no accident that their young people are murdering Jews. All efforts to stop this have not worked. The left has failed miserably in its integration efforts. Politicians are afraid of...
  • Sprint and stab: Footage shows Arab attack on Israeli jogger

    02/10/2016 3:39:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/2/16 | Ari Soffer
    Police have released footage showing the moment an Arab terrorist stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli jogger in Gush Etzion, and then fled from the scene. His victim, a Jewish man in his 30s, had been running outside the town of Neve Daniel when he was stabbed and seriously injured. He managed to reach the gate of the town, where security guards called an ambulance and initiated a manhunt. Following the attack, security forces closed off the Arab village of Nahalin, where the attacker is believed to have come from and fled to, as part of efforts to track him...
  • Newsmax Pledged $1 Million to Clinton Foundation (SMH!)

    02/18/2015 6:00:02 PM PST · by tobyhill · 67 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/18/2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    Conservative website Newsmax has pledged a very large donation to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, a new report in the Wall Street Journal states. "Newsmax, a conservative news organization, last year pledged $1 million to the Clinton Foundation over a five-year period, according to a spokesman for Chris Ruddy, the organizations CEO. Mr. Ruddy has been friends with the Clintons since 2007," reports the Journal. "Through a spokesman, he said the donation wasn't tantamount to an endorsement of Mrs. Clintons potential campaign, though he thinks she would 'make a great presidential candidate.'" Ruddy himself has even written a...
  • Breaking: Syrian Rebels Report Elite SPETSNAZ in combat operations north of Aleppo

    02/11/2016 12:45:50 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 49 replies
    twitter.com ^ | 3:06 AM - 10 Feb 2016 | Anisse Al Mansour
    Des sources rebelles au Nord d'#Alep rapportent que des troupes d'élites type #Spetsnaz participent aux combats— Anisse Al Mansour (@AnisseAlmansour) February 10, 2016
  • Russia raises spectre of permanent or 'world war' if Syria talks fail

    02/11/2016 12:36:57 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 19 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:40pm EST | John Irish
    Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:40pm EST Russia raises spectre of permanent or 'world war' if Syria talks fail MUNICH | By John Irish Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the spectre of a permanent or a world war if powers failed to negotiate an end to the conflict in Syria and warned against any ground operations by U.S. and Arab forces. Medvedev, speaking to Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper on the eve of a security conference in Munich, said the United States and Russia must exert pressure on all sides in the conflict to secure a ceasefire. Asked about Saudi Arabia's offer...
  • Putin is a bigger threat to Europe’s existence than Islamic state - George Soros

    02/11/2016 11:27:15 AM PST · by Cronos · 63 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11 February 2016 | George Soros
    The leaders of the US and the EU are making a grievous error in thinking that president Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a potential ally in the fight against Islamic State. The evidence contradicts them. Putin’s aim is to foster the EU’s disintegration, and the best way to do so is to flood Europe with Syrian refugees. ..Russia has also launched a large-scale air attack against civilians in northern Syria. This was followed by a ground assault by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s army against Aleppo, a city that used to have 2 million inhabitants. The barrel bombs caused 70,000 civilians to...
  • Aleppo's jihad besiegers will now be besieged by Russia: why is Britain supporting the terrorists?

    02/11/2016 9:55:45 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 6 replies
    spectator.co.uk ^ | 13 February 2016 | Peter Oborne
    Aleppo Notebook: the city’s terrorist besiegers will now be besieged Again and again I was asked: why is Britain supporting the terrorists in Syria’s civil war Peter Oborne 13 February 2016 I had been trying to get to Aleppo for ages, but was unable to do so because rebel activity had cut off the city from the outside world. Syrian government military successes at the start of January meant there was at last a safe road. I hired a driver, was allocated a government minder (very handy at checkpoints), and booked into a hotel. Driving north from Damascus, we picked...
  • Iran, Russia Likely to Sign Su-30 Warplane Deal Next Week: Source

    02/11/2016 5:27:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Tasnim News Agency, Iran ^ | February, 11, 2016
    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan will probably sign a contract in his forthcoming trip to Moscow on Tehran’s purchase of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, a Russian source announced Thursday. Sputnik quoted a source in Iran’s Defense Ministry as saying on Thursday that General Dehqan will go to Moscow on February 16 to discuss Russia’s delivery of S-300 air defense missile system to Iran as well as purchase of Su-30 Flanker multirole jet fighters. “Minister Dehqan is taking a number of the Defense Ministry’s representatives to the Russian capital to meet with their Russian colleagues...
  • U.N. Security Council members push Russia to stop Aleppo bombing

    02/10/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by Mariner · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 10th, 2016 | By Michelle Nichols
    Several United Nations Security Council members pressed Russia on Wednesday to stop bombing around Syria's Aleppo in support of a Syrian military offensive and allow humanitarian access ahead of a crucial meeting of major powers in Germany on the conflict. The 15-member Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss the situation after the U.N. warned that hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo. "Russia's air strikes have been a direct cause of this crisis around Aleppo," New Zealand's U.N. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen told reporters after...
  • Report on Syria conflict finds 11.5% of population killed or injured

    02/10/2016 4:51:52 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 10 February 2016 | Ian Black
    Syria’s national wealth, infrastructure and institutions have been “almost obliterated” by the “catastrophic impact” of nearly five years of conflict, a new report has found. Fatalities caused by war, directly and indirectly, amount to 470,000, according to the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR) – a far higher total than the figure of 250,000 used by the United Nations until it stopped collecting statistics 18 months ago. In all, 11.5% of the country’s population have been killed or injured since the crisis erupted in March 2011, the report estimates. The number of wounded is put at 1.9 million. Life expectancy...
  • Cruz Scolds Obama: 'Stop Protecting China'

    02/10/2016 4:59:13 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) directed President Obama to "stop protecting China" in order to more effectively respond to hostile actions from North Korea. Cruz, a presidential candidate, penned the letter to Obama Wednesday to express concern with his policy of "strategic patience" toward North Korea. Earlier, the Texas senator announced that he would vote in favor of legislation that would impose nuclear weapons-related sanctions in North Korea, which is expected to gain passage in the Senate. Cruz outlined several means of more effectively responding to aggressive actions from North Korea, which over the weekend launched a long-range rocket and...
  • NATO agrees on stronger eastern flank against Russia

    02/10/2016 4:15:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02/10/2016 | [mz/jil (AP, dpa)]
    Defense ministers from NATO countries agreed on Wednesday to a plan that would see the military alliance strengthened in Eastern European countries feeling at risk of aggression from Russia. The "enhanced forward presence in the eastern part of our Alliance," as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg put it, is designed to "make clear that an attack against one ally is an attack against all allies, and that the alliance as a whole will respond." ...
  • Mandla Mandela Is a Muslim, With a New Bride, and it’s Kind of a Big Deal (Grandson of Nelson)

    02/10/2016 12:28:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Mandla Mandela, grandson of uTata Nelson Mandela, has made waves after marrying for the fourth time, this time to a Capetonian Muslim woman. And that too, after reportedly converting to Islam two months ago. But there seems to be quite a bit of curiosity about what his new religious affiliation means for his role as tribal leader. Mandela, whose full name is Nkosi Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela, is the chief of the Xhosa tribe which the Mandelas are a part of, the Mveso Traditional Council. He released a statement late on Sunday saying that he was 'honoured and delighted' to announce...
  • Eight ISIS, Taliban recruits joined Galloway convoy to Gaza

    02/10/2016 11:35:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 2/9/2016, 5:05 PM | Ari Soffer
    A brutal ISIS torturer wasn't the only jihadist terrorist who traveled with former British MP George Galloway to Gaza, it has been revealed. According to a recent report, Alexander Kotey left the UK on Galloway's "Viva Palestina" convoy to Gaza in 2009, and from there eventually made his way to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group. [...] As many as eight Muslim extremists who would later be convicted of or involved in terrorist activities joined the convoy, according to The Times. Among them were Amin Addala and Reza Afsharzadegan, both known associates of Emwazi from west London; and...
  • Turkey 'seizes suicide vests and explosives' from Syrian border refugees fleeing Russia strikes

    02/10/2016 1:49:45 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 17 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9:21AM GMT 10 Feb 2016 | Louisa Loveluck
    Turkey 'seizes suicide vests and explosives' from Syrian border Army says they found the haul while searching a group trying to cross into Turkey Louisa Loveluck in Gaziantep 9:21AM GMT 10 Feb 2016 Turkey has claimed that its soldiers had seized explosives and suicide vests from the closed border with Syria. The army said in a statement that the hardware had been found in the baggage of a group of 34 people stopped near the Syrian border. "Between 12 and 15 kilos of explosives and four belts that could be used for suicide attacks were found in two bags," it...
  • Syrian Kurds open Moscow representation

    02/10/2016 12:48:56 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 5 replies
    hurriyetdailynews.com ^ | February/10/2016 | Agence France-Presse
    Syrian Kurds open Moscow representation MOSCOW - Agence France-Presse Participants pose for a picture during a ceremony opening a representative office of Kurdish groups in Syria, in Moscow, Russia, February 10, 2016. REUTERS Photo Kurdish groups in Syria on Feb. 10 opened a representation in Moscow amid a push by the Kremlin to have them included in Syria peace talks despite Turkey’s objections. “This is a historical moment for the Kurdish people,” Merab Shamoyev, chairman of the International Union of Kurdish Public Associations, said at the opening ceremony for the office in an industrial neighborhood in southeast Moscow. “Russia is...
  • Obama/Trump Back Russian Invasion of Syria

    02/10/2016 12:33:11 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 47 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 9, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    ... There is no other way to describe it: the Obama policy is to let the Russian/Iranian/Hezbollah axis take over Syria. That is what the current battle for Aleppo is all about. Times columnist Roger Cohen argues that "It is too late, as well as pure illusion, to expect significant change in Obama's Syria policy." But he proposes that Obama should at least increase the number of Syrian refugees taken in this year to 65,000, as opposed to his currently proposed 10,000. But letting in more refugees scares Americans who suspect that there will be terrorists among them. Such a...
  • Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks

    02/10/2016 12:17:50 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    middleeasteye.net ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC | MEE staff
    Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks MEE staff Tuesday 9 February 2016 15:40 UTC Last update: Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC King Hamad expresses hope for 'imminent victory' after presenting Russian president with sword made of Damascus steel Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a "sword of victory” made from Damascus steel during a visit to Russia that included talks with his host about the crisis in Syria. King Hamad and Putin exchanged gifts during a meeting at the Russian leader's residence in Sochi on the Black Sea...
  • How Vladimir Putin lost Ukraine

    02/10/2016 11:49:46 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    NEW STATESMAN ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Elizabeth Pond
    Putin’s war cost Russia its centuries-long shared identity with its neighbour. Now, Kyiv risks betraying the spirit of the Maidan revolution. When the Russian inquest finally comes, the answer will be clear. It was President Vladimir Putin who lost Ukraine – after a millennium of shared east Slav identity. When the Ukrainian inquest into who lost the ­Euromaidan’s “Revolution of Dignity” finally comes, the answer, on the present evidence, will also be clear. It was an elite core of politicians and oligarchs who first worked a miracle in fighting Russia’s military Goliath to a stalemate – only to revert to...
  • Chechen Leader Threatens Foes in Bid to Gain Putin's Support

    02/10/2016 10:58:06 AM PST · by elhombrelibre
    Associate Press ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Unknown
    MOSCOW — The Kremlin-backed strongman of Chechnya has issued a stream of threats against Russia's liberal opposition, but his primary audience appears to be the Russian president himself. With Ramzan Kadyrov's five-year stint as regional leader about to expire, he is trying to parlay his strong personal ties with President Vladimir Putin to extend his hold on power. The Russian president must now decide whether to keep him in place or yield to rising pressure from law-enforcement agencies to get rid of the wayward strongman, who has ruled Chechnya like his personal fiefdom. Putin has seen the burly, red-haired 39-year-old...
  • US says Russian campaign in Syria helping ISIS

    02/10/2016 10:03:12 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 27 replies
    AP via KOAA ^ | Feb 10, 2016 | None Attributed
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. says Russia's counterterrorism campaign in Syria is actually helping the Islamic State. Brett McGurk, the Obama administration's point-man for defeating the group, says a Russian-backed offensive in northern Syria is drawing local fighters away from the battle against the Islamic State, and to the front lines in the war against the Syrian government. McGurk tells the House Foreign Affairs Committee, "What Russia's doing is directly enabling ISIL."
  • Kurds Backed by Russian airstrikes Attack Syrian Air Base Held by Insurgents

    02/10/2016 6:58:19 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 9 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Feb 10, 2016, 8:33 AM ET | bassem mroue, associated press
    Kurds Attack Syrian Air Base Held by Insurgents By bassem mroue, associated press BEIRUT — Feb 10, 2016, 8:33 AM ET Kurdish fighters backed by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, activists and a rebel commander said. Syria's Kurds have been among the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, but have remained largely neutral in the conflict between President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting to overthrow him. But with Syrian troops backed by Russian warplanes waging a major offensive between...
  • ‘Vladimir’ tanks in battle for Aleppo (Russian T-90)

    02/10/2016 5:00:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    GAZETA.RU ^ | 10 February 2016 | YEKATERINA ZGIROVSKAYA, PAVEL KOTLYAR, GAZETA.RU
    The T-90 tank, among the newest pieces of military hardware to enter into service with the Russian armed forces, is having a baptism by fire on battlefields in Syria. Turkish and Iranian media first reported the presence of Russian T-90 ‘Vladimir’ tanks in Syria, after which sources in the Russian Defence Ministry confirmed their presence. Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak cited a local commander called Mahmut Hasan as saying that they “had been attacked by more than 80 T-72 and T-90 tanks.” Syrian government troops are reported to have recaptured the towns of Nubul and al-Zahraa to the north of...
  • Rebound To Russia: Amid Rafale Impasse, IAF To Buy 40 More Sukhois

    02/10/2016 2:31:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Arming India ^ | FEB. 10, 2016
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 10, 2016: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has initiated the procurement of a fresh lot of 40 additional Su-30MKI air dominance fighters at an estimated $75 million apiece, reliable diplomatic sources disclosed to Arming India. The procurement is being taken up as a follow-on order to the 222 Su-30MKI fighters already contracted to be made under transfer of technology at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)'s Nasik division. Along with the initial 50 aircraft acquired in a flyaway condition from Russia in the late 1990s, the latest increment of 40 aircraft will take the total number of Su-30MKIs ordered...
  • WH Rescinds Objections, Israel to Receive Latest Long Distance Boeing Refueler

    02/10/2016 1:27:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    TheJewishPress.com ^ | February 9th, 2016 | David Israel
    After refusing to sell Israel new planes for several years, mostly for fear that Israel would turn around and go bomb Iran with them, the White House now agreed in principle to let Israel buy the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus, using the US security assistance package. According to Walla, the Dept. of Defense initially offered Israel to purchase older models, to make room on its shelves for the new merchandize, but Israel refused, and started spreading hints that if Obama won’t give her what she needs, she can always get it from the next tenant in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. So last...
  • Turkey's rising tension with Russia over Kurds puts Erdoğan in a corner (Kurds now in Moscow)

    02/09/2016 1:46:10 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 10.16 EST | Simon Tisdall
    Turkey's rising tension with Russia over Kurds puts Erdoğan in a corner Syrian Kurdish party opening a Moscow office marks new nadir in relations, and could lead to Turkish forces crossing border Escalating tension between Russia and Turkey will reach a new high when the Democratic Union party (PYD), the leading Kurdish political organisation in north-eastern Syria, which Ankara regards as a terrorist group, opens a representative office in Moscow on Wednesday at Vladimir Putin’s personal invitation. The development comes amid a dangerous tug-of-war between Russia and the US for power and influence in strategic areas along the Turkey-Syria border....
  • Hold on Ex-Im nomination keeps cronyism crimped

    02/09/2016 4:29:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2015 | Diane Katz
    The president has nominated attorney J. Mark McWatters for the bank board. However, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, has said he's "in no hurry" to hold a hearing or a vote on the nomination. Other pending confirmations take precedence, he said.The last of the 2015 lobbying reports are in, and the top corporate spender turns out to have been the Boeing Company, at $21.9 million. Not coincidentally, the aerospace giant also outranks thousands of other firms in profiting from the subsidies doled out by the Export-Import Bank. Last year, Boeing benefitted...
  • Russia is 'trying to draw Turkey into a fight' in Syria, and it may be working

    02/09/2016 1:15:39 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 37 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 02/09/2016 | Natasha Bertrand
    Russia is 'trying to draw Turkey into a fight' in Syria, and it may be working Natasha Bertrand 2h 3,495 7 The Russian Ministry of Defense warned Turkey against launching a military incursion into Syria last week, announcing on Thursday that it had seen "growing signs" that Turkish forces were preparing to intervene to bolster rebel forces battling pro-regime troops in the north. Some experts say, however, that Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be trying to bait Turkey into entering the Syrian battlefield in order to retaliate for Ankara's decision to down a Russian warplane in November. "Russia is...
  • Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': UN War Crimes Investigator Del Ponte

    02/09/2016 9:09:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 02/08/2016 | AFP
    Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': Del Ponte AFP 21 hours ago Geneva (AFP) - Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is currently probing rights abuses in Syria, on Monday backed Russia's air strikes on "terrorist groups" in the war-torn country. "Overall, I think the Russian intervention is a good thing, because finally someone is attacking these terrorist groups," Del Ponte told Swiss public broadcaster RTS, listing the Islamic State group and Al-Nusra among the groups targeted. But Del Ponte, a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, quickly added that the Russians apparently "are...
  • Pope believes Putin is the man to help Christians around the world

    02/09/2016 7:45:47 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 25 replies
    trunews.com ^ | 02/09/2016 | TRUNEWS
    (TRUNEWS) Pope Francis believes Russian President Vladimir Putin can help Christians around the world. A few days ago, TRUNEWS reported the pope’s and Russian Patriarch Kirill planned a last minute meeting, which is set for Friday. Now it is believed Putin played a role in bringing the two sides together, according to Kommersant, after centuries of silence between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches, due to the Great Schism of 1054. They are expected to sign a joint declaration, and discuss the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. The Guardian has indicated the discussions could lead to...
  • Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces

    02/09/2016 6:38:59 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 23 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Associated Press
    Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces By Associated Press February 7 ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s president lashed out at the United States a week after President Barack Obama’s envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists. In comments published Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as its partner. That came after envoy Brett McGurk’s visit to Kobani, where the PYD’s military wing, aided by U.S.-led airstrikes, drove back Islamic State militants a year...
  • What are the differences between Russian and US Military In Syria

    02/08/2016 7:27:16 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 23 replies
    SOTT ^ | 2/8/16
    A recent US intelligence report said that Daesh (also known as ISIL/Islamic State) is degrading. Two coalitions - one led by the US and the other by Russia - have been involved in fighting the terrorists. It is high time to figure out some differences between the two approaches. The Common Goal Russia, the United States, and Syria have one common enemy - the terrorist group Daesh. In September 2014, US President Barack Obama pledged to destroy Daesh with massive airstrikes. "Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. We...
  • Syrians Desperate to Escape What U.N. Calls ‘Extermination’ by Government

    02/08/2016 1:57:41 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | FEB. 8, 2016 | ANNE BARNARD
    Syrians Desperate to Escape What U.N. Calls ‘Extermination’ by Government By ANNE BARNARDFEB. 8, 2016 KILIS, Turkey — Tens of thousands of Syrians who were running for their lives piled up near the border crossing with Turkey here on Monday. They were fleeing a crushing wave of Russian airstrikes and government ground forces advancing toward the frontier in a developing rout of insurgent forces north of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The intense and, critics say, indiscriminate Russian air attacks have shattered the latest round of peace talks, forced the regional and global players to reassess their strategies and calculations and...
  • Syria Rebels Face Collapse as Thousands Flee North Aleppo. Russia slaughters al-Qaeda stronghold

    02/08/2016 1:43:33 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 29 replies
    truthdig.com ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Juan Cole
    Syria Rebels Face Collapse as Thousands Flee North Aleppo (Video) Posted on Feb 8, 2016 By Juan Cole On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army and its Hizbullah and Iranian/ Afghan allies made further progress in taking the area just north of Aleppo. They were apparently mainly fighting al-Qaeda, which had a stronghold in the city of Ratyan. The Russians subjected it to intensive bombing and the SAA and allies ultimately took it. Al-Qaeda (the Nusrah Front) said it had killed 25 of its attackers. In New York, as the Syrian peace talks collapsed, the Russian envoy asked out loud why...
  • "We Can Put Refugees On Buses": Leaked Memo Shows Erdogan Blackmailed Europe For Billions

    02/08/2016 12:54:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/08/2016 | Tyler Durden
    If there's anything we've learned over the past twelve months it's that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prepared to employ all manner of nefarious tactics in order to preserve his grip on power in Ankara.Following unfavorable election results last June, Erdogan plunged the country into civil war be restarting a long simmering battle with the PKK and proceeded to crack down on journalists and anyone else critical of the ruling AKP. Ultimately, new elections were called and AKP put up a stronger showing, effectively paving the way for Erdogan to rewrite Turkey's constitution and install an executive presidency.But...
  • Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants - Greek website

    02/08/2016 12:34:25 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:27am IST | Michele Kambas in Athens, Orhan Coskun in Ankara and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels
    Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:27am IST Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants - Greek website BRUSSELS Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened in November to flood Europe with migrants if European Union leaders did not offer him a better deal to help manage the Middle East refugee crisis, a Greek news website said on Monday. Publishing what it said were minutes of a tense meeting last November, the euro2day.gr financial news website revealed deep mutual irritation and distrust in talks between Erdogan and the EU's two top officials, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk. The EU officials were trying to...
  • Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

    02/08/2016 11:30:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    cns ^ | 02/08/2016 | ap
    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District. The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine. ... According to Shoigu, who spoke at a meeting with the top military brass, the war games would include redeployment of air force units to advance air bases and bombing runs at shooting ranges. The maneuvers will...
  • Russian Police Whistle-Blower Released From Prison

    02/08/2016 11:21:08 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | February 08, 2016 | RFE/RL's Russian Service
    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- A former Russian Interior Ministry officer who was sent to prison after claiming that soldiers were fed dog food has been released. He had served more than four years. Major Igor Matveyev made headlines in May 2011 after he claimed that soldiers in Russia's Far East were given to eat dog food to save money.
  • Ron Paul: When Peace Breaks Out With Iran ...

    01/18/2016 3:31:52 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    Ron Paul Institute ^ | January 17, 2016 | Ron Paul
    This has been the most dramatic week in US/Iranian relations since 1979. Last weekend ten US Navy personnel were caught in Iranian waters, as the Pentagon kept changing its story on how they got there. It could have been a disaster for President Obama's big gamble on diplomacy over conflict with Iran. But after several rounds of telephone diplomacy between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, the Iranian leadership - which we are told by the neocons is too irrational to even talk to - did a most rational thing: weighing the costs and...